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are speaking only about foreign policy and in particular in a very focused way on syria. i do want to thank those who made this possible and as chairman of the key subcommittee i value the work that you do, each of you do on a range of policies, whether it is the security of our troops in afghanistan, syria which i will focus on but also the work you do to strengthen our policy as it relates to the regime in iran. your team has brought to the forefront carefully thought out and persuasive research and policy positions that have been an outstanding resource for those of us in congress and i am grateful for that help. i know that the theme of this year's forum is, quote, dictators and dissidents:should the west choose sides? quite topical given the events that have played out most recently whether it is the arabs spring, or nascent democratic openings, i would argue the central question maybe is one of process. that question being whether the u.s. the west should support the democratic process such that citizens are able to choose their own leaders. even when the process gives rise to politic
be happening in terms of russian policy toward syria. since we mentioned iran can we get as far away as syria? >> you can get as far away as syria with some connections. >> if not -- [talking over each other] >> the question of syriac is totally sufficient importance that we could address that. my own gut feeling, i don't know what you feel, the russians have been for the last several weeks there have been indications of unhappiness with what is going on in syria without a clear sense of what it is they can contribute and whether they could do it on their own or with the u.s. the u.s. has always wanted the russians to be part of that kind of solution. if there's one at all. if the russians in any way are moving toward the american position with respect to syria that are all afforded. another question. >> there's one right here. and we will assume that is the last question. >> you all hinted and alluded, i wonder about the dimension towards inf negotiations. >> public diplomacy. >> the diplomacy, not with respect to the allies, very carefully stated different allies, practice meeting by meetin
, concerned about egypt, concerned about syria. we are concerned about azerbaijan, armenia, and georgia, and the gulf states, especially bahrain right now. so i will end up by just saying that this is going to be probably my last hearing as chairman of this committee. my good friend, greg, and msha my other colleagues will do everything they can to make sure we continue to pursue this issue to make sure that not only the region is secure but our interests, united states of america's interests are safe as we'll. without i yield to my colleague, mr. meeks. >> thank you, mr. chairman. and i want to thank you for holding as you said this most important hearing. but i also want to say to a degree sad, that because this probably will be your last hearing here in the united states house of representatives after almost three decades of service to our country, and we want to salute you for that. some, you know, maybe with regret not having used to stick around anymore. but we indeed are going to miss you, and i have to say that it's been an honor and a personal privilege for me to sit as a ranki
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